Walk Across Texas

The grand finale for Walk Across Texas will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Fine Arts Center at Waxahachie High School. At the event, awards will be presented for the team that logged the most miles during the eight-week period, for the individual that walked the most, and all participating will receive a certificate of completion. For more information, contact the county Extension Service office, 701 S. Interstate 35 E, Suite 3, Waxahachie, call (972) 825-5175 or e-mail rmhodges@ag.tamu.edu.

WHS band spring concert Thursday

The WHS Band will hold its spring concert for the community beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at the WHS Fine Arts Center.

The concert will feature performances from all high school concert bands, Afta Stuba Percussion Trio, Dylan Dacy Horn Concerto, the WHS Jazz Orchestra and the annual senior slide show.

Admission is free to the community event and refreshments will be served.

Donations needed

Donations are being sought to assist with May 19 commencement exercises for homeschool graduating seniors of Hillside Christian Academy, 106 N. Hillside in Red Oak.

For more information, contact Steve Tonick at (972) 576-0649.

Caribbean cruise

Reservations are being taken for a February 2008 Caribbean cruise to benefit the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center. The cruise is sponsored by Blue Knights XXI, a law enforcement motorcycle club. The seven-day trip from Galveston will include stops in Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The community is invited to participate.

Book the cruise by calling (817) 283-2461 and asking for the Gingerbread House/Blue Knights XXI cruise.

Customer appreciation

FedEx Kinko's Waxahachie location is hosting a Customer Appreciation Week through May 11, including in-store specials, free giveaways and refreshments. The center is located at 1440 N. U.S. Highway 77.

Beaded Candleholders

Nicholas P. Sims Library teens, ages 13-18, will create beaded candleholders from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. Bring a friend; snacks provided.

Relay for Life

The Ellis County Relay for Life will hold its team captain meeting on Thursday, May 10, in the Red Oak Municipal Building, 200 Lakeview Parkway, Red Oak. Captains may register, make changes or turn in donations from 6:30-7 p.m. The general meeting will begin at 7.

All team captains for the 2007 Relay are urged to be in attendance. Anyone interested in learning more about Relay is urged to attend.

This year’s theme is “Fairy Tales - Making Dreams Come True … One Cure at a Time.”

The 11th annual Ellis County Relay for Life is set for June 8-9 at the Maypearl High School football field.

Contact Mary Ruth Mitchell, event co-chair, at (972) 938-8559 for more information about Relay for Life. To learn more about registering a team, contact Suzanne Baty at (972) 351-9558.

Ellis County Republicans to meet

The Ellis County Republicans executive committee meeting is from 7-9 p.m. May 10 at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce with Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams as featured speaker.

Williams will discuss pending legislation and upcoming election law changes that will affect Texas in next year’s elections.

Immunization clinic

The Baylor Immunization Clinic will be in the Marvin Elementary School cafeteria from 4:30-6 p.m. May 10. This is a free immunization clinic. Parents must bring their student’s immunization record with them.

Bond election topic for Rotary

The Rotary Club of Waxahachie will meet at noon Thursday, May 10, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The program will be one of an informational nature regarding the Ellis County facilities bond election to be held Saturday, May 12. Local Rotarian Joe Gallo will introduce the program.

Bond proposal

Friends of Ellis County PAC will present information on the county bond proposal at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, to the Waxahachie Rotary Club at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The public is invited.

Student information sessions

The Navarro College Waxahachie campus will offer two student information sessions, including application procedures, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, and Thursday, May 24, in room 121.

Eligible attendees can complete an application for admissions and learn about the financial aid and scholarship options available to them. Financial aid programs are available for students to help meet college expenses - eligibility will be determined once a Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been submitted and processed by the Federal Department of Education. Items to bring to the session include proof of residency (driver’s license), transcripts (high school, college, GED), and any assessment tests completed (unless otherwise exempt, THEA, Compass). For more information, contact the campus at (972) 937-7612, or visit the Web site at www.navarrocollege.edu.

Buckout

Cowboy Church of Ellis County will host its 200th Buckout starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at its arena, located at 2374 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass West in Waxahachie.

The Buckout will include free barbecue and live music and is a family-oriented event.

For more information contact Gary Halbert of Riding 4 Christ Ministries at (817) 271-5250 or Buckout secretary Debbie Garvin at (214) 448-7324. Books open at 6 p.m., and all riders younger than age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign a waiver in order to ride. Admission is free.

Talent show

The Waxahachie High School talent show will be held from 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the Fine Arts Center. Tickets to the show will cost $3 and will be available at the door.

Republican Women to host fund-raiser dinner

The Ellis County Republican Women will hold a dinner to raise funds for their scholarship program and dictionary project at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Ellis County Woman’s Building, 407 W. Franklin St., in Waxahachie.

Guest speaker is Dr. Mary Logan, a business educator and English teacher.

The organization also will honor two graduating high school students with scholarships.

Tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased in advance by contacting Tommie Worthy at (972) 627-3447. Donations for the project and the scholarships are welcome, and can be sent to “ECRW Scholarship” or “ECRW - Dictionary Project,” c/o Tommie Worthy, treasurer, 202 Farm-to-Market 55 South, Italy, TX 76651.

Pantherettes spring show

The Midlothian High School Pantherettes present their spring show at 7 p.m.

Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at the door, or by calling (972) 775-8226, ext. 1171.

Martial arts benefit

Martial Arts for St. Jude, an event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will be held Saturday, May 12, at Cross Martial Center in Midlothian.

Those interested in participating or making a donation can contact Steve Cross at (972) 775-1857.

‘Night of Theatre’

The community is invited to a triple-bill of award-winning one-act plays this Saturday as Waxahachie High School presents its fifth annual “Night of Theatre.”

The curtains go up at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Fine Arts Center, with Grandview High School presenting “Confederate Letters,” Midlothian High School performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Waxahachie High School presenting “Assassins.”

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. All proceeds go toward the WHS drama booster club scholarship fund.

Charmer banquet

The Cherokee Charmers will hold their banquet at 7 p.m. May 12 at Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy.

Comedy show

After Hours Improve will hold a comedy show at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Texas Theater, 110 W. Main St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and younger.

Tickets may be purchased by phone, online or at the box office. Reservations are recommended.

For more information, call (972) 9 37-9839 or visit online at www.afterhoursimprov.com.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-4:40 p.m. May 12. In this Japanese anime adventure, when 10-year-old Chihiro’s parents are mysteriously changed into animals she must fend for herself. This requires finding a job to make her way in this strange world until she can find her way back home. Bring a friend and enjoy popcorn and a movie.

Blood drive

Ennis Masonic Lodge No. 369 is sponsoring a blood drive in the Wal-Mart parking lot from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 12. There will be two buses: one for double-red givers and the other for regular donations.

For more information or an appointment, call Ken Hackney at (214) 395-1856.

All donors will receive a free T-shirt. Units collected help defray blood costs at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Christian Women’s Connection

Make reservations by Sunday, May 13, for the Wednesday, May 16, Christian Women’s Connection of Ellis County, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, “Affordable Elegance” luncheon.

The speaker will be Lynne Luckey, who will discuss how she found a way to escape a lifetime of abuse. Backroom Toggs will present some “uptown fashions” at down home prices in a style show.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Colonnade Restaurant at the Waxahachie Country Club, 1920 W. U.S. Business 287.

The cost of the all-inclusive luncheon is $13. Vouchers for the nursery are available when making reservations. For reservations, call (972) 938-9715 or (972) 937-9984 or e-mail NJL1943@aol.com.

Friends of Special Olympics

The Friends of Special Olympics invites the community to become involved with Special Olympics and its board of directors.

A meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the community conference room of First Baptist Church. Guests are asked to enter the building from Rogers Street, through the second set of wooden doors. For more information, call (972) 938-7490.

Charmer Booster Club

The Cherokee Charmer Booster Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 14 in room 159 at Waxahachie High School.

Celebrating Nursing Home Week

Pleasant Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center will celebrate Nursing Home Week, May 14-18. The week will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. followed by numerous activities, including wheelchair races, egg relay, a bake sale, balloon races, an auction, balloon volleyball and several others for the remaining of the week. Prizes also will be given out to staff and residents throughout the week.

Peace Officers Memorial Day

A special ceremony and roll call will be held from 12:15-12:40 p.m. May 15 at the Waxahachie Pocket Park at the corner of Franklin and College streets.

All Ellis County agencies will be represented.

GED and ESL classes

A.H. Meadows Library in Midlothian will offer free GED and ESL classes, beginning May 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Navarro Adult Basic Education or visit online at http://www.navarrocollege.edu.

Republican Women to meet

Ellis County Republican Women will host Dr. Whitney Fogle at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce on YMCA Drive. The program and meetings are open to the general public, and the community is welcome to attend.

Teen Book Club

This month the Nicholas P. Sims Library Teen Book Club is meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, to discuss “Pretties” by Scott Westerfeld.

“If you liked ‘Uglies’ you will love this second book of the trilogy,” a spokesman said. “Come join us and give us your thoughts on the book.”

Pancake breakfast

The Palmer High School drill team, the Show Stoppers, will have a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 19, at the school. There will be a basket auction, door prizes and a dance show. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Tabatha Baker at (972) 449-3138. The 2007-2008 school year will be the Show Stopper’s first year and all proceeds will go toward the purchase of uniforms.

Adoption information meeting

A China and international adoptions information meeting at Nicholas P. Sims Library is set for 2-4 p.m. May 19. The meeting is free and open to the public. Anyone interested attending or learning more can contact Libby Randall at Hope Cottage at (214) 526-8721 or adoption@hopecottage.org. Hope Cottage is a not for profit agency.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will hold a play day at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with a rain out day scheduled for Saturday, May 26. The cost is $2 per event and all ages are welcome.

The arena is located at 1806 Bear Creek in Cedar Hill.

For more information, visit www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call club president James Logan at (972) 223-6119.

Open house

Century 21 Judge Fite Company and 60 other Century 21 offices in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area will conduct an open house weekend Sunday, May 20, featuring about 600 open houses.

The weekend will provide consumers with the opportunity to see several properties of interest at the same time and the chance to win free gas for a year by attending and filling out an entry form at any of the participating events.

For more information, call (817) 804-3282 or visit online at www.CENTURY21JudgeFite.com.

Community forum

A community forum is slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Graham Street Church of Christ, 304 Graham St. The meeting, open to the community, will be held in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the Waxahachie chapter of the NAACP.

Student information sessions

The Navarro College Waxahachie campus will offer a student information session, including application procedures, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in room 121.

Eligible attendees can complete an application for admissions and learn about the financial aid and scholarship options available to them. Financial aid programs are available for students to help meet college expenses - eligibility will be determined once a Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been submitted and processed by the Federal Department of Education. Items to bring to the session include proof of residency (driver’s license), transcripts (high school, college, GED), and any assessment tests completed (unless otherwise exempt, THEA, Compass). For more information, contact the campus at (972) 937-7612, or visit the Web site at www.navarrocollege.edu.

Relay fund-raiser

The Ellis County Relay for Life is sponsoring a fund-raiser with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

First prize is a $300 Visa gift card. Second prize includes four Texas Ranger baseball tickets with a parking pass. Third prize includes two Stars hockey tickets with a parking pass. Fourth, fifth and sixth prizes include a $100 gift card from Lowes, a $100 gift card from Belk’s and five hours of free limousine service donated by A Luxury Limo 4 U. Seventh prize is an appliance basket from HEB which includes a toaster, coffee maker, blender, coffee grinder and slow cooker. Eighth prize is an entertainment basket from Hastings. The basket includes a computer game, board game and gift certificate.

Tickets are $1 and are available from any committee or team member.

This year’s Ellis County Relay for Life will be June 8-9 at Maypearl High School football field.

Contact Mitchell at (972) 938-8559 for more information about this fund-raiser or further information about the Ellis County Relay for Life.

GED graduation

Contact Sina Taimanao at (903) 875-7464 or 7460 before Wednesday, May 30, to participate in the GED graduation ceremony at Navarro College, set for Friday, June 8. All those who passed their GED during the 2006-2007 school year and reside in Navarro, Ellis, Limestone or Freestone counties are invited to participate in this ceremony.

Relay for Life

The Ellis County Relay for Life will hold its team captain meeting on Thursday, May 31, in the Red Oak Municipal Building, 200 Lakeview Parkway, Red Oak. Captains may register, make changes or turn in donations from 6:30-7 p.m. The general meeting will begin at 7.

All team captains for the 2007 Relay are urged to be in attendance. Anyone interested in learning more about Relay is urged to attend.

This year’s theme is “Fairy Tales - Making Dreams Come True … One Cure at a Time.”

The 11th annual Ellis County Relay for Life is set for June 8-9 at the Maypearl High School football field.

Contact Mary Ruth Mitchell, event co-chair, at (972) 938-8559 for more information about Relay for Life. To learn more about registering a team, contact Suzanne Baty at (972) 351-9558.

Pancake breakfast fly-in

The annual Mid-Way Regional Airport pancake breakfast fly-in will be held from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, June 2. Breakfast tickets are $5 and children younger than age 8 are free with each paying adult. Admission and parking are free.

The event will feature classic airplanes and fighters, plane rides/discovery flights, remote control model flyers, the Classic Swing Band, Midlothian Classic Wheels and other attractions.

For more information, call (972) 923-0080 or visit online at www.mid-wayregional.com.

Paint Historic Waxahachie

Paint Historic Waxahachie will be held Saturday, June 2, around the courthouse square in coordination with the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes. Paint Historic Waxahachie is an activity of the Ellis County Art Association. The event is free and spectators are welcome to observe and interact with the artists. A 90-minute “quick draw” competition will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. The artwork produced during the competition will be sold at the live auction at the courthouse immediately after. Proceeds will benefit the Ellis County Art Museum.

For an event schedule and list of artists, call (972) 937-3414, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or visit online at www.elliscountyart.net.

GED graduation

GED graduation ceremony will be held Friday, June 8, in the Dawson Auditorium at the Navarro College - Corsicana campus.

Play day

The Wagon Wheel Saddle Club will hold a play day at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, with a rain out day scheduled for Saturday, June 30. The cost is $2 per event and all ages are welcome.

The arena is located at 1806 Bear Creek in Cedar Hill.

For more information, visit www.freewebs.com/wagonwheel or call club president James Logan at (972) 223-6119.

Charmer leadership camp

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a dance/leadership camp with Showtime International on June 10-12.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283 for an appointment.

Charmer camp

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a choreography camp with American Dance Drill Team from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 30-Aug. 2 in Williams Gymnasium at Waxahachie High School.

Charmer home camp

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a home camp from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-9 in the little gym at Waxahachie High School. Team photographs will be taken Aug. 10.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283 for an appointment.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283 for an appointment.

Blood drive

The Waxahachie H-E-B will host a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, in the store parking lot. First-time donors must have a photo ID. For more information, call Linda Waisath at (972) 923-2283 for an appointment.